“It’s a bigger jump from IndyCar to Formula 1 versus Indy Lights to IndyCar” says Patricio O’Ward after his McLaren simulator run ahead of his test debut.
Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist will continue to drive for McLaren SP next year, and the team wants to add a third car within the coming two seasons.
Kevin Magnussen had a little luck on his side when he took the lead 25 laps into his IndyCar debut, but did he show he can cut it in the series?
He lost an IndyCar drive on the eve of the season and left Red Bull’s Junior Team after five months but Patricio O’Ward is now a championship leader with an F1 test deal.
Oliver Askew will substitute for Felix Rosenqvist in the second of this weekend’s IndyCar races today in Detroit.
In the round-up: Power fastest in IndyCar practice in Detroit • Giuliano Alesi earns Super Formula stay • Detroit “getting bumpier” each year
In the round-up: McLaren’s O’Ward starts IndyCar season on pole as Grosjean stars • Q3 imbalance “difficult to understand” – Bottas • Power cut hits IndyCar season-opener
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says sporting director Gil de Ferran, who is leaving the team, played a vital role in the success of its IndyCar operation.